What's in our name


When it came time to give our wine a label, we kicked around a lot of designs. This would be an important decision. It would be our signature, defining who we are, and reflect our passion for producing quality wines. We wanted a name that would be easy to remember, but unique and descriptive of our product. Little did we know that our grapes would have something to say about it!

More than half the acreage on our farm is planted in varietals originating in regions of Portugal. The highly desirable Souzao (suh-ZAH-oh) grape comes from the Minho region. Tinta Cão (TIN-tah ka-oo) is a premium red wine grape primarily used in production of port. It made its first appearance in the Douro region, along with the dry, full-bodied Tempranillo (tem-pra-NEE-yo).

One thing was for certain, we knew that ours would be a quality wine, a first-rate wine, good wine. And it was as though our name came whispering from the canes and across the fields.

Bom Vinho! Good wine!

Say what?

Bom (pronounced ‘boam’) Vinyo (VEEN-yo)  is Portuguese for “good wine.”

It was Sonia’s idea to include the exclamation point in the registered name. “Because,” she said, “people want to scream it out when they taste our wine!”

Yes, it’s that good. Our wine speaks for itself.


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Fair Play Harvest Wine Festival 2019

The wineries of Fair Play invite you to our first annual Harvest Wine Festival. Over 20 wineries will host harvest-themed events on November 2nd - 3rd. There will food, music, games and wine tasting for all ticket holders. Bring your family and friends to our beautiful wineries.

No longer the best the kept secret, Fair Play is now being recognized as the jewel of the Sierra Foothills. Fair Play is El Dorado County's premier wine growing AVA, producing extraordinary, high-quality grapes and producing award-winning, world-class wines. About an hour away from greater Sacramento, but a world apart. Get your tickets today and "Experience Fair Play" harvest fun!


Pairings with Chardonnay

This spring we couldn’t have been more pleased when our 2016/2017 Chardonnay blend was awarded a silver medal in the 2019 World Wide Championships. Tastings, an independent rating and review company for the beverage industry, gave our 2018 vintage an admirable rating of 86 points and noted it “highly impressive.”

Chardonnay happens to be one of the most diverse varietals of white wine for food pairings. With a wide variety of styles, this popular wine goes with all types of main dishes and appetizers. If you are interested in learning about food and wine pairings, this is a great wine to start with.

With a bit of guidance and some basic principles, discovering your favorite combinations can be enjoyable and a lot of fun. For instance, wine should have a comparable flavor intensity as the food. Red wines are often best paired with bold flavors such as beef, or even pork or chicken that is served with a strong flavored sauce. White wines pair best with meats that are lighter, such as fish or chicken. There are a many websites and good books on the subject, that will help you get started.

Start with your favorite wine, or choose your favorite recipe. Either way works fine.

Just for fun, here are some recipes that we like with Chardonnay. Enjoy!

Grilled Marinated Shrimp

Island Pork Tenderloin Salad

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Opening Soon

It won’t be long now! The gang at Bom Vinho is looking forward to welcoming everyone to our tasting room in the very near future.

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Bom Vinho Crew OUT!

Thanks to all our good friends for helping out with the “long pruning” this winter. We kicked it out in 4 hours with plenty of time left to enjoy good wine!

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The vineyard is a beautiful site at any time of the year!


Sip Sip Hooray!

Our 2017 Verdelho received a GOLD medal at the 10th Annual Sommelier Challenge in San Diego, California. Sommelier Gold honors were awarded to wines that delivered additional complexity and character and rose above a straightforward recommendation. This is an international challenge to which wines from all over the world are submitted, and we are proud to come home with a Gold.

Sommelier Challenge brings together a dynamic group of wine professionals to evaluate wines and single out those that merit honor.  Sommeliers have developed in the past decade or so to transform the way wine savvy restaurants throughout the world purchase and present wines to an ever more complex customer base.

 Head over to our wine sales and grab our award-winning wine for yourself and enjoy. Cheers!


Barrel Room

Our barrel room is nearly complete and a beautiful sight at night!


Winery and Tasting Room

Construction begins on the site of our new winery and tasting room. Exciting! 

Mother Nature

California fires were devastating for so many this year. The snow and rain were a welcome change to a long, dry summer. Some storms were wild, but we didn't let an occasional power outage get the best of us. 


What's a Quonset?

Until construction of the winery building is complete, we've decided to put up a Quonset hut to ferment this year's rapidly approaching harvest. Who was it that said it was "quick and easy"?!  

We want Malbec!

This month one block of our vineyard was grafted over to a Malbec varietal. They are doing quite nicely thank you!

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Our First Harvest

We decided to pick a few rows to get close and personal with our vines. It took us 10 times longer than our vineyard crew and our clippers gave us several nicks and cuts along the way. Rookies!

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Moving Day

Thanks to good friends for making our move from Sacramento to Fair Play a breeze!

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